World Rugby Hall of Fame - Induction No.121 – Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster, Barbarians, Ireland, British and Irish Lions) 1979-
One of 12 legends inducted at the opening of the World Rugby Hall of Fame in Rugby on 17 November, 2016
Born: 21 January, 1979 in Dublin, Ireland
Ireland’s all-time record try scorer and cap holder with 46 tries in 133 test appearances from 1999-2014.
Brian O’Driscoll made his Ireland debut in 1999, but it was a sensational hat-trick in a famous Irish win over France in Paris the following year that really made the rugby world sit up and take notice.
Forging an outstanding midfield partnership with Gordon D’Arcy, O’Driscoll had the lot as a centre – power, pace and footwork in attack and the ability to win turnovers in defence with his strong presence over the ball.
The Dublin native and loyal Leinster man also won eight caps for the Lions over a career that spanned four tours, scoring a breathtaking try on debut against Australia at Brisbane in 2001. He captained the side four years later before injury curtailed his involvement.
In 2009, O’Driscoll, a three-time IRB Player of the Year nominee, led Ireland to their first Grand Slam in 61 years.
Inducted in November 2016